Pan-STARRS discovered its first potential hazard asteroid

 

 

 

Pan-STARRS — the Panoramic Survey Telescope & Rapid Response System has discovered its first potentially hazardous asteroid this month. This project was initiated by the Institute of Astronomy at the University of Hawaii to use its wide field imaging facility to detect those asteroids that will come near Earth within a dangerous distance. This newly discovered asteroid is about 45m in diameter and is now 32 million km away from us. What is assuring is that this asteroid will not pose an threat to us in the immediate future. However, it is estimated that there are more potentially hazardous asteroids out there yet to be discovered. Although these asteroids could be too small in terms of size and brightness for our amateur astronomers to detect, it is not impossible, that we could discover them combining the power of all the amateur astronomers together. So watch out, maybe next time, when you aim your telescope at the sky, you will be the lucky guy to discover one.

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